Noah: Oh, God.
Helen: You sound so old. You didn't used to groan when you sat down.
Noah: Why are we sitting down here? There's a perfectly good bench over there.
Helen: I want to be low to the ground.

Helen: God. Poor Alison. How was her funeral?
Cole: Oh, it was awful.
Helen: Right.
Cole: No. They uh, her mother had her cremated, so the ceremony was on the beach, and Cole grabbed the urn and ran away with it.
Helen: Are you fucking kidding me?

Noah: You're not the only one who loved her.
Cole: Don't I know it.

Cole: I don't understand what I'm supposed to do with this. I don't think I can carry it.
Cherry: You can.
Cole: But what if I can't? Dad couldn't. And I get it now. Oh. To just go to sleep and never wake up in pain again.
Cherry: You can!
Cole: But. What. If. I. Can't?

Ariel: Wow. Noah and Helen. Requiescat in pace.
Noah: Yeah, thanks.
Ariel: I thought you guys were gonna last forever. You were campus celebrities.
Noah: Yeah, well... Plans change.

Noah: Vic OK?
Helen: No. Vic is going to die.
Noah: I'm so sorry.
Helen: Me, too. I'm so very, very sorry. Did you ever meet our neighbor Sierra?
Noah: I don't think so, no.
Helen: She's pregnant. With Vic's baby.
Noah: What? [pulls Helen into an embrace] Oh, God. Helen. Look, Vic's not in his right mind now, you know?
Helen: Look, it's alright. I don't care. I don't care! I fucked her, too.
Noah: Really? [chuckles] And I missed it?

Luisa: Nice turnout, huh?
Cole: A fucking clown car.

She would have hated this. Alison hated the ocean!


Cole: You know, if she was still my wife, no one would have questioned what I wanted to do with her body.
Noah: I'm sorry.
Cole: Why'd you do it? Why her?
Noah: I was unhappy.
Cole: Did she make you happy?
Noah: [shakes his head no]
Cole: She made me happy.

I was coming back for her. [sighs] I drove across the entire country to come and get her, but I was too late. I am always too late.


Noah: But I gotta say, if there is one person that I would want to be with when I die, if there is one person who would make me feel no matter what that I was safe and I was loved, it'd be you.
Helen: OK, that really IS the nicest thing you've ever said to me.

Noah: Stop, OK? Seriously, stop. That's enough. You are a lot of things, Helen. You are neurotic and overbearing and you're snobby and you're judgmental and superior, but you're...
Helen: Are you gonna stop?
Noah: But you are not broken. I don't know anyone who is tougher than you.
Helen: That might be the nicest thing you've ever said to me.

The Affair Quotes

So what Shakespeare is trying to say is that perfect love cannot sustain in an imperfect world.


Noah: I, I was a happy man back then. Proud of my family. My first book had just come out. Everything I dreamed I'd achieve as a young man, I'd done it.
Det; Jeffries: But.
Noah: That's just it. There is no but. When I look back, I can't tell you why it happened.